End of 2000 brings new members to HEU

The last two months of 2000 brought 174 new members into HEU from four sites. The new certifications come from the community, facilities, community social services and independent subsectors — with three in the Fraser Valley and one in the Kootenays.

One hundred and five health care workers employed at Tabor Home Society in Abbotsford have joined HEU after many years of organizing efforts, with the last year especially being intense. They finally won their certification on Dec 15, 2000.

Tabor Home Society is a 121 bed non-profit intermediate seniors’ facility and is fully funded by the Ministry of Health. The new members are care aides and housekeeping, maintenance, dietary and office personnel.

Certified on the same day as Tabor, Trejan Lodge in Maple Ridge is a mental health residential care and group home for 20 people. Fifteen mental health workers join HEU from this site which is part of the community subsector.

In Grand Forks, 15 new members join HEU from the Mennonite Central Committee Supportive Care Services Society. They work at two sites and provide care to four disAbled clients. This new certification is part of the community social services bargaining sector and was certified by the Labour Relations Board on Nov. 17, 2000.

The Salvation Army Miracle Valley Treatment Centre in Mission is a substance abuse facility for 170 residents who participate in a three month live-in program. Twenty-four new HEU members work at the site and joined HEU on Dec. 14, 2000.

“HEU welcomes all of these new members,” says assistant secretary-business manager Zorica Bosancic. “We’re sure that their association with this union will be of great benefit to them in the years to come.”